FMC Announces SNAP Mini-Grant Program Recipients

Allie Vrtachnik October 12, 2018

After careful consideration, FMC is excited to announce the first round of our SNAP Mini-Grant Program recipients! Congratulations to the following farmers markets and farm stands: Glenwood Sunday Market – Chicago, Illinois Dedicated to inclusivity, Glenwood Sunday Market will use their grant programs to create and distribute SNAP program promotional materials in Spanish with the…

“There’s Work to Do”, Edible DC feature with Community Foodworks Hugo Mogollon

Allie Vrtachnik

FMC’s Board President Hugo Mogollon sits down with Edible DC to talk Community Foodworks and food access, and the Market Share program. Read about it all in Edible DC’s feature. 

2018 Illinois Farm Bureau’s Live Local: Local & Regional Food Conference

Stephanie Fenty October 11, 2018

November 5-17, 2018 Bloomington, IL | DoubleTree by Hilton Register at www.ilfb.org/livelocal

New Orleans schools: Join Market Umbrella’s Meet Me at the Market program

Darlene Wolnik

Market Umbrella’s “Meet Me at the Market” program consists of a staff visit to the classroom with curriculum focused on local seasonality and nutrition, and then a field trip to the farmers market, with facilitated fun and educational activities. The NGO has funding through a USDA Farm to School grant to build/refurbish school gardens, train…

Oregon Farmers Market Association to hold Annual Meeting, Feb. 23, 2019

Allie Vrtachnik

The Oregon Farmers Markets Association will host the OFMA Annual Meeting on Friday, February 23rd, in Corvallis, Oregon; which will be followed by a Farmers Market Track on Saturday as part of the OSU Small Farms Conference.  Details will be posted on the OFMA Annual Meeting page when available.

Brighton Farmers Market gets $1M from state for new permanent location

Darlene Wolnik October 8, 2018

The 10-year-old farmers market will receive $1 million in state funding to aid the development of a new, permanent home for the market near Buckland Park, Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle said Sunday. State Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, each secured $500,000 in capital funding for the project, Moehle said. Robach likened the new location…

Expired Farm Bill Bad for Farmers Markets & Farmers

Honesta Romberger October 3, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Although FMC, our members, farmers, agriculture organizations, and local food advocates across the country have spent the past year fighting for a farm bill that’s supportive of farmers markets, the 2014 Farm Bill expired on October 1st with no replacement and no extension in sight. With midterm…

Iowa Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

Emma Hansen October 2, 2018

IFMA annual conference will be held Saturday Feb 2 from 9-5 PM at Grace Lutheran Church  3010 52nd St.  Des Moines, IA.  More information will be released closer to the date of the event. Contact Barbara Ristau at barbr@iastate.edu with any questions.    

How An Expired Farm Bill Could Harm Local Food Programs

Honesta Romberger September 26, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last week, USDA announced the recipients of the 2018 Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP). While this is certainly exciting news for the local food community, and we look forward to seeing the great work that grows from each project, the announcement came at a…

National Recreation and Park Association awarded a 2018 FMPP grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to the National Recreation and Park Association in Ashburn, VA, a recipient of a 2018 USDA FMPP grant! Recipient: National Recreation and Park Association, Ashburn, VA Project Type: Capacity Building Strengthening the Capacity of Local Parks and Recreation to Promote Access to Farmers Markets As trusted public spaces located in nearly every community across…